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Discovering Baler: An Awesome Adventure in Aurora

by Nicole San Miguel

Baler in Aurora Province is becoming one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. It is a well known surfing spot in Luzon. But aside from surfing, there are more things that you can do in Baler. Last Holy week, I went there with a friend and  we had a chance to explore the place for 2 days. I fell in love with its beauty and also its friendly vibe and rich culture. Here’s a list of what we were able to do in Baler in 2 days.

Visit the 600-year-old Balete Tree
The first thing that we did was visit an old century Balete tree standing 600 years.  It is located in Balete Park in Maria Aurora and it is said to be the largest of its kind in Asia where tourists can enter inside the tree for just 10 PHP. The tree is also called as “Millennium tree” of the country because of its age.

Surf at Sabang Beach
Sabang Beach is known as a surfing spot in Baler. This place is perfect for those who want to start their surfing career. When we got there, a lot of people were learning how to surf. There are surfing schools that offer surfing lessons that range from 250 PHP to 500 PHP for 1 hour. They will teach you the basics and coach you when you are already on the beach. If you already know how to surf, you can just rent a surf board for just 250 PHP per hour.

Make a Splash in Mother Falls
A trip to Baler wouldn’t be complete without going to Mother Falls or also known as Dimatubo Falls. You must trek a rocky terrain and river trails from the starting point to get to the Mother Falls. Being one of the sites of the hydroelectric project in Aurora, the waterfalls is a site to see and worthy of visiting. The water was really cold and there are lots of tourists when we went here because it was a holiday. It is the biggest waterfall in Aurora and the water’s drop is strong that it almost blew us away when we were in the water.

Relieve the History at Baler Museum
Another fun thing that you can do in Baler is to visit Baler Museum (Museo de Baler) and know the rich history and culture of the place. This is a must visit place in Baler with wonderful paintings, artifacts, photos and its beautiful structure.

Climb at Ermita Hill
Ermita Hill serves as a beautiful park to those who seek a great outdoor activity at the hill. Just like the Mother Falls, you have to trek for approximately 15 minutes to get there. The place is filled with unusual plants and flowers and you can observe the birds in their natural habitat which you will surely love if you are a nature lover. It also features a viewing deck where you can see a panoramic view of the main town of Baler.

There is no doubt that the province of Baler is considered as one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines. It’s one of those places that has everything! Aside from the things that were mentioned above, there are lots of other tourist spots that you can visit like San Luis Obispo Church and Quezon House. If you are a beach person, might as well visit other beaches in Baler like Ampere Beach in Dipaculao, Cemento Beach, Diguisit Beach, and Dicasalarin Cove. You can also shop local goods at the town Plaza (souvenir shops are everywhere!) and fill your hunger with good and affordable food from local restaurants in Baler.